Athletic Event

Black Hawk College

Chiefs edge Black Hawk in overtime

Chiefs edge Black Hawk in overtime

Conference: No

Opponent: Braves at Chiefs
68 - 64 (W)

(Sugar Grove, IL.) – Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball team won its second game in a row by edging Black Hawk College 68-64 in overtime. The Chiefs improved to 3-4 overall as they continue to rebound from a slow start to the season.

Waubonsee led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter as neither team shot the ball particularly well. The Chiefs led 24-16 midway through the second quarter when the Braves nailed three consecutive three-pointers to grab a 25-24 lead. Waubonsee head coach Jim Williams called timeout to regroup and his squad responded with a pair of fast break baskets moments later. The Chiefs eventually went to the locker room with a 28-27 lead despite being outrebounded by the Braves 30-21. Black Hawk grabbed 13 offensive boards in the first half alone, to just two for the Chiefs.

After the break Waubonsee picked up its defensive intensity and surged ahead of the Braves 45-33 midway through the third quarter. The period ended with the Chiefs leading 48-41 as the Braves stayed within striking distance. Waubonsee’s six-foot center Mo Kempiak then picked up her fourth foul at the 6:30 mark and the Braves offense came to life. Black Hawk went on a 7-0 run to grab a 54-53 lead two minutes later. The game then became a free throw battle the over the next three minutes of play.

The Chiefs then called time out with 1:08 remaining holding a slim 58-56 lead and possession of the ball. Waubonsee ran the shot clock down to the final few ticks before Kempiak attempted a three pointer. The sophomore’s shot skimmed the front of the rim and ricocheted right to Hayley Farren who was fouled on her attempted put back. Farren made one of two foul shots to give the Chiefs a three-point lead with 0:45 left. However, Black Hawk tied the game at 59 with 0:29 to go on a three-pointer by Lily Eastman. Waubonsee misfired on a pair of shots in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.

In the five-minute overtime Waubonsee got the upper hand before Lauren Goff nailed a long three-pointer with 1:15 remaining to give Waubonsee a 68-62 lead.  The Braves then missed a pair of free throws and two shots in the final minute and the Chiefs were able to run out the clock.

Goff finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals to lead the way for Waubonsee. Kempiak booked another double-double, her sixth of the season already, with 15 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with four assists and two blocks. Alexis VanWhye chipped in with 13 points, Emily Uplegger added nine points and Dajashina Clark handed out four assists.

The Chiefs go on the road next Tuesday, November 21, when they travel to Highland Community College in Freeport. The Chiefs and Cougars are set to tipoff at 5:00 p.m. (CDT).